Bed Bug Sucking Blood

Common sense dictates that the best way to approach a problem, is to first gain a good understanding of that problem.

Bed bugs treatment should be approached in this same manner. This brief article provides you with some valuable tips and information that will help you locate and identify bed bug infestations.

Once you have a good understanding of their habits, you will have an easier task of finding their hiding places in your home. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the characteristics of these pests.

First Tip

They are nocturnal feeders. This means they come out at night to feed on your blood. If you are not available, they have no problem feeding on your pets.

Second Tip

They are attracted primarily by three things. Warmth, blood and carbon dioxide. Don’t let this fool you though, they have also been known to emerge during daylight hours if conditions are favorable.

It’s also interesting to note that when we are asleep, we generally breath deeper and exhale much more carbon dioxide than we do when we are awake.

After a bed bug colony catches the scent of these increased carbon dioxide emissions, they begin to move closer to the source. Good nighttime ventilation can sometimes help disperse your exhaled CO2.

Third Tip

They prefer hiding in materials like wood, cloth fabrics, leather, foam padding, etc. The areas where they hide are often marked by dark spotting and staining.

These stains are the dried excrement of the bugs. You may also see eggs, egg shells, molted husks of maturing nymphs, and of course the bed bugs themselves.

Fourth Tip

Bedbugs usually hide out in locations that are close to their hosts. With this fact in mind, your very first inspection should include your mattresses, box springs, bed frames and other bed parts and bedding.

Now that you have a good idea of where to start looking, you need to know exactly what you are looking for. People very often mistake fleas, juvenile roaches, and several other insects for bed bugs.

The information below and images which are accessible via the resource links at the end of this article, will help you accurately identify them.

Bed bugs are small and flat and oval shaped. They grow to approximately 1/4 inch in length, while the nymphs (juveniles) are translucent and smaller than a grain of rice.

They are brown in color and wingless. After feeding, the adults become reddish-brown and 50% larger. This enlargement is only a temporary effect of being gorged with blood.

If you have not done so already, you should start inspecting your home at your earliest convenience. If you find evidence, bed bugs treatment should begin immediately. Don’t give these blood suckers the opportunity to feed on your family and pets.